From Gocek to Gocek

From Gocek to Gocek

Cruising around Gocek Bays

Gocek - Gocek bays (Boynuzbuku Koyu)

Gocek was once a sleepy village, but is now a major yachting centre. It has retained its charm, however it has a great selection of restaurants, cafes and boutique stores catering to visitors and locals alike.

The Gocek Bays are locally known as “Skopea Limanı”. This area is among the most beautiful cruising grounds in the world. Verdant hills and mountains descend steeply to rock-strewn and pebbled shores. Here, tiny coves, narrow inlets and picturesque anchorages are quiet and secluded, the midday sun warming masses of red pine and the smell of these, filling the air – much like the ever present summertime song of the cicada. Skopea Harbour is also dotted with twelve islands and is steeped in history.

Fethiye and Hillside beach

A town with a colourful history; famous for its myths, sages and seers. Fethiye is blessed with an abundance of natural and historical treasures. There are endless ruins to discover and mountains and valleys to hike and explore.
Fethiye, known in ancient times as ‘Telmessos’, is a large and busy town set on the eastern shores of the Gulf of Fethiye , Its close proximity to the international airport at Dalaman, has made it a favorite ‘place in the sun’ for many European expats as well as summertime tourists who love the rugged mountain scenery and the warm waters of the Gulf.

Fethiye’s marina is a lively place with yachts coming and going and tourists and locals alike flocking to shady retreats along the seafront. If the covered bazaar with its alleyways full of souvenir shops, restaurants and cafe-bars fails to tempt, we suggest that you take in some of Fethiye’s archaeological sites, such as the newly unearthed amphitheater of ancient Telmessos, situated alongside the harbour — or perhaps the Lycian sarcophagus which stands in one of the town’s back streets, a stone’s throw from the ornate facade of the tomb of Amyntas. This is one of a number of Lycian tombs grouped together and well worth a visit as they are within walking distance of the harbour. If you have more time to spare, there are ruins of a medieval fortress further up the hill – a great vantage point for viewing the town and the harbour.

Additional activities: to visit Kayakoy

Kayakoy is a huge ghost village that has been empty since the 1920s after the Greek population of the village was forced to leave as part of a population exchange between Turkey and Greece. It is a very special place to visit, hike and wander around.

Gemiler Island & Butterfly Valley

Gemiler Island was a famous pirate hangout in its day and even boasts pirate-ship parking, which have since subsided into the sea, so you may require mask and flippers to see these docks and supply stores properly. The island is literally covered with Byzantine ruins! In the city district of the island, there are hundreds of houses - some of them quite well preserved - along with three churches and a large graveyard. Separated from the city district, beyond a wall, there is the upper part of the island where it is possible to see a large church - decorated with floor mosaics - thought to be the Church of St. Nicholas, along with tombs, a huge cistern and a long covered corridor connecting this church with another on the east of the island.

The summit of Gemiler island affords a most magnificent view out over the Aegean sea and your climb is celebrated with champagne and a heavenly view.

Butterfly Valley

Help Beach or Sea Me Beach near Fethiye - a leisurly day on a yacht

Cleopatra Bay

Hamam Bay is also called Cleopatra's Bay, because here are the ruins of a bath in which, according to the legend, Cleopatra herself bathed during her trip with Mark Antony. The remains of the bath are partly under the water, and look quite impressive.

Some historians argue that these are not the ruins of an ancient Roman bath at all, but of a Byzantine church.

Sarsala Bay - a leisurly day on a yacht

Bedri Rahmi Bay

Bedri Rahmi Bay is one of the most popular yachting destinations in Fethiye Bay.
It is named after the Turkish writer and artist Bedri Rahmi Eyuboglu. He is one of the first famous people who began to glorify the beautiful coast of Turkey in his works. It was in the second half of the 20th century. Near the bay there are many ruins of the ancient Lycian civilization.

Peace and quiet reign in these places. You can enjoy the purest air, saturated with the aromas of coniferous trees and flowers.

Disembarkation in Gocek after breakfast

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